What is CDC’s 6|18 Initiative?
Asthma, tobacco use, diabetes, high blood pressure, inappropriate antibiotic use, and unintended pregnancies are widespread conditions that take a huge toll on health and have high health care costs. Under the 6|18 Initiative, the CDC has identified proven interventions that can prevent or control prevalent, high-burden conditions, potentially resulting in better health outcomes and controlling costs. Research on health care interventions often lacks the necessary information to be practically useful. In response, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative combines rigorous evidence with practical action steps.
States and counties across the country are pursuing new value-based payment models to improve health care quality and stem rising health-related costs. By aligning evidence-based preventive practices with emerging payment and delivery models, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative offers a tangible opportunity for state and local agencies to collaborate on enhancing the coverage, access, utilization, and quality of cost-effective prevention practices.